SEVIER CITIZENS FOR CLEAN AIR AND WATER, INC.
146 North Main, Suite 27P.O. Box 182Richfield, Utah 84701435-527-4448
August 13, 2012Sevier County Commission250 N Main St.Richfield, Utah 84701Dear Commissioners, Two years ago, you, the Sevier County Commission embarked on a majorproject to create a PUD for Sevier Power Company. At that time you invitedSevier Citizens for Clean Air & Water to offer suggestions that might beincorporated into that PUD. We did offer suggestions and recommendationsand many of these were ultimately made a part of that PUD. The process of collaboration worked. SCCAW is grateful for that opportunity and we thank youfor it.Here we are two years later and Sevier Power is still struggling with theirapplication for an Air Quality Permit from UDAQ. Twelve years have nowelapsed since the project was initially proposed. Is this any way to run abusiness? To our knowledge Sevier Power still does not have a source of natural gas with which to fuel the power plant, does not have a permit toconnect to the Rocky Mountain Power substation in Sigurd, has not applied fortransmission capability, does not have a customer to purchase the powergenerated and, without all of the above, does not have financing with which toconstruct the plant. Homer Simpson could have done a much better job.On Thursday, May 31, we all sat through a Public Hearing, scheduled by UDAQ,to voice our concerns about the draft Air Quality Permit for Sevier Power. Anumber of significant issues were raised at this hearing. First and foremost isthe issuance of pollution allotments to Sevier Power based upon the“assumption” that the air within Sevier County is “in attainment”. This is ageneral term used by the department to classify any air shed of which theyknow little or nothing. Think about this for a minute. Sevier Power is asking for the right to pollutewith regulated noxious airborne chemicals to the extent of 977 tons per year